Often, it feels like we’re the only ones trying to take action on such a big issue as climate change. And it can be a lonely and helpless feeling. But the truth is, a lot of us are taking action and 73% of Edmontonians are concerned about climate change and agree that we need to act now. Here are some of their stories.
My wife and I moved to Edmonton this past December and have been absolutely blown away by the number green incentives the city provides. We moved from BC — what we considered a relatively green province, but it absolutely pales in comparison to Edmonton.
We have already taken advantage of upgrading appliances, having our home EnerGuide rated, and are looking into adding solar panels. We are also planning to purchase an electric vehicle to replace our current gas vehicle. We were really impressed to see the work done towards Edmonton’s Electric Vehicle Strategy. It both accurately describes the challenges with EV adoption while providing valuable data on how other provinces and countries are sparking change.
I became a grandfather 8 years ago, and when I did, I stopped ignoring all the signs of the harm we have done. I spent years adding to the harm and there is no way I can undo that. But I can help change the world moving forward.
I try to avoid consumerism and unnecessary travel (I drive a Prius), eat less meat (for health reasons too) and isolate rooms we don't need to heat in the winter. I also talk openly with others about my concerns about climate change, bringing forward my ideas, as an economist, about what I feel will possibly be the only effective solution to address climate change worldwide and potentially preserve us as a successful species for millennials to come.
We do most of these [Change For Climate] actions and we feel we are doing our best on a limited income and with our reduced physical strength as seniors. Solar panels went on the roof in October 2018 and we are extremely proud of our investment, making our home more valuable and easier for resale when we move out. Thanks to Energy Efficiency Alberta and similar Federal incentives and the introduction of a Carbon Tax by the Province of Alberta, we were able to do these things. These programs were designed to be fiscally neutral for those of us at our income level.